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Last Thursday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed several bills into law to help ex-offenders move forward with their lives. One of the most significant bills signed that day was House Bill 2373. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/100/PDF/100-0284.pdf Effective immediately, HB 2373 is the largest single expansion of the sealing rules ever taken in Illinois or — for that matter — […]

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Seeking a Legislative Fix to Declining Clemency Rates As long as Bruce Rauner is the governor in Illinois, is clemency still available to someone who has a criminal conviction that can’t be sealed? During his first two years in office, Governor Rauner has granted clemency to only 3.6% of clemency candidates. Governor Pat Quinn, by […]

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Following his first year in office, I posted an article about Governor Bruce Rauner’s record of granting clemency. Since then, little has changed. Governor Rauner granted the same percentage of petitions in 2016 as he did in 2015: a mere 3.6%. In 2016, Governor Rauner granted 42 petitions, while denying 1,110. The governor’s clemency approval […]

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Clemency Rate Drops to 3.6% Under Governor Rauner Last year, after Governor Rauner ruled on his second batch of clemency petitions, in a June 2015 blog post, I wrote that there were few clues to explain why 7 people were granted clemency and 57 were denied clemency. Since that posting, Governor Rauner went on to […]

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WHY MARK WAHLBERG DOESN’T DESERVE A PARDON In 2014, actor Mark Wahlberg applied for a pardon from then Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.  By the time he turned 17, the actor committed several crimes.  After reading his petition, I concluded Wahlberg did not deserve a pardon. I will explain why. His Crimes In 1988, Wahlberg attacked […]

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GOVERNOR QUINN GAVE MANY CONVICTED FELONS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE BEFORE STEPPING DOWN: CLEMENCY      For those who believe in second chances, 2014 was a good year for some Illinois residents, who have former Governor Pat Quinn to thank. During his tenure, which ended in January 2015, Governor Quinn would rule on 4,928 clemency petitions […]